Shakira cut off her long hair, now has a choppy bob: mom hair or super-cute?

Shakira posted this photo on her Twitter page a few days ago – she got a haircut! A real one too, this isn’t just some wig she threw on and claimed was her new hair. Shakira has always worn her hair long, right? For as long as I can remember, she’s worn it past her shoulders, usually half-way down her back. So what does this new haircut mean? I think it makes her look older – it’s kind of a choppy mom-style haircut. I don’t hate it, and I’m glad she didn’t give herself big, thick bangs, although there is some layering in the front that could pass for bangs. I did something similar to my hair more than a decade ago – I’ve almost always worn it long, but for some reason, I was in a “short hair phase” and I did it choppy and above the shoulders. It was fun for a week, but then I missed my long hair.

I had another thought about Shakira and her dramatic hair change (that apparently took six hours in the hair salon, according to reports): that girls chop off their hair after a breakup. So I wondered if Shakira was still solid with her boy, Gerard Pique. It turns out that Shakira went straight to Gerard’s Barcelona house right after the hair cut. So… no breakup. Maybe Gerard was the one who wanted a girlfriend with shorter hair?

Also – Fox News had a really interesting story about Shakira’s accent. Ever since she got with Gerard (a Spaniard), Shakira’s Columbian accent has been fading and she’s acquired a Spanish accent. Is this the Spanish equivalent of Madonna speaking with an English accent?

Photos courtesy of WENN.

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  1. almond says:

    Too bad the colour of her face doesn’t match the colour of her neck. The haircut looks like mom hair.

  2. NM9005 says:

    Shakira is always beautiful. She can do no wrong, her face will always balance out the shit she does to her hair, clothing…

  3. rosa says:

    I am not sure about the haircut, but i am sure i do not like that photo.
    she is not as hot as she used to be
    must do something for that

  4. samira677 says:

    I like the cut but not on her. It looks too much like mom hair. Also I know people like to bash celebrities for having a fake accent but I don’t think it’s fake all of the time. I’m from the northeast but when I lived in the south for 8 years I picked up a slight southern accent. It wasn’t something I was aware of until I came home for visits.

    • Mourning the Death of Music says:

      That’s along the line of what I was thinking, that her hair is probably severely damaged from all the processing she’s done to it over the years.

      As for the change in accent. It could be a subconscious thing. If you submerse yourself in a culture long enough, you begin to pick up some of their mannerisms and dialect. My husband is British. Every once in a while I find myself using his terminology without thinking about it, like a tin of tomatoes instead of a can of tomatoes. It would be perfectly natural to slowly begin to alter your pronunciation as well.

  5. Peanut says:

    I don’t think it looks like mom hair at all!! But I’m a mom, so maybe I have no gauge for shitty haircuts anymore.

  6. says:

    Sorry, but she’s always had crap hair- it is naturally dark and all that bleaching makes it look like busted, burnt, yellow straw. I think the best she’s ever looked is in that video “Rabiosa” where she wore a short dark wig.

  7. Wildone says:

    I don’t think it looks like mom hair but I do think it would look better in her natural hair color or somthing close to that.

  8. Eve says:

    The colour of her hair, or at least this shade of blonde, has always made her look cheap.

    There are women who are not meant to be blondes. Ever. Just like there are women who don’t look good as brunettes (or a redhead and so on).

  9. Coucou says:

    She probably had been wearing extensions for a long time and is taking a break. I wouldn’t be surprised if the long hair is back in 3 to 6 months, i just don’t see her with a bob.

  10. L says:

    I remember when she had dark curly hair (around the time of her unplugged special) and was so much prettier then.

    But yea, she kind of looks like Dianna Arigon’s older sister now

  11. Blue says:

    I like the cut. I like her with her dark hair. Why does everyone want to be blonde? Anywho I don’t think I would like the cut on her if it was with her natural hair colour

  12. anemoneblue says:

    Sorry, minivan mom hair!

  13. Tierra says:

    I love the cut but I’m not sure I like it on her. I used to love her hair when she first came out but Im not really into the coloring she’s been using.

  14. saintdevil says:

    Mom hair & terrible shade of lipstick!

  15. bea says:

    Regarding the accent – it’s weird, but when you live in another country for a while, you starting picking up the accent and the inflection – even if you don’t want to. I’ve had the same thing happen by just hanging around someone a lot who has an accent.

    Re: the hair cut – it’s o.k., but she looks better with long hair and the color is not flattering.

    • Anait says:

      I completely agree with you about the accent. I’m always worried when I speak with someone who have a strong and different accent because I tend to imitate it, and I’m scared that other people may think I’m mocking at them.

    • Cat says:

      This is especially common for people with good musical ear (I assume she has a good one anyway). It doesn’t even take long to pick up an accent because your own starts sounding wrong.

    • INeedANap says:

      I think the Spanish one is especially catchy — I am Cuban, a lot of my friends are South American, and when we introduced a few Spaniards in our group we all sort of picked up the accent. It’s easier to move your jaw in a Spanish accent than others I think.

      • MariPily says:

        I disagree. I’m Dominican, and I find it very hard to imitate the Spanish accent, especially the way they pronounce the Z and C. I think Caribbean and South American accents are softer and more musical…the Spanish accent is harsh and kind of guttural. My best friend married a Spaniard, and lives in Bilbao now…and it annoys me to high heaven to hear her brand new fancy Spanish accent. I’ve lived in the South for seven years now, and haven’t picked up the drawl or lost my New York accent…so I don’t understand people who immediately adopt the accent of the region they’re in, it seems fake and forced.

  16. Mitch Buchanan Rocks says:

    My dog Gigi starts howling when Shakiras music is on and Gigi is the better singer ;)

  17. Turtle Dove says:

    Ouch. Lovely lady with not so lovely hair.

    I’m with Eve, some gals can’t have blond hair. Mine would be like straw blond. I’d rather have soft hair than blond hair.

  18. alexandra says:

    If Khloe Kardashian lost a lot of weight. She would look like Shakira

  19. yuya says:

    She’s not pretty enough to cut her long hair off. Sorry.

  20. Girl says:

    Whatever kind of hair it is, she wears it well.

    And damn that man is hot.

  21. LeeLoo says:

    I wish she would ditch the blonde hair and go back to her original dark color. The style is cute and works for her.

  22. Una says:

    I’m from Spain and she hasn’t got a spanish accent at all. She tries, though, but she sounds ridiculous. It’s true that she is finally learning to vocalize the words but I still can’t understand half of the things she says. I never liked this woman, I won’t deny that. I think her music is hideous and that her singing skills are more than limited. She has become more and more insufferable over the years. By the way, she looks much more better with long hair.

  23. Zay says:

    I always thought Shakira’s hair was a ungroomed busted weave, that yellow just look like straw, at least its looking healthy now.

  24. Kiki says:

    It’s the Brooklyn Decker effect. Got a haircut and now we can see how not-so-pretty her face really is. Completely lost her mojo to me. When she started her career, she wasn’t so blond and looked better then. I think if she wants to stay blond, she should try another shade. It looks too fake the way it is now.

  25. novaraen says:

    Why is that cut considered “mom” hair?? So stupid.

    Anyway…the cut is cute and after all that she’s done to her hair it probably needed it.

  26. whatevs says:

    well she can’t possibly look bad, she’s qt and all but this is making her look older than she is. whatever floats her boat i guess. personally i think the red hair she sported in her first album made her look fierce.

  27. laylajane says:

    With the hair short you do notice her flaws more. She doesn’t look attractive.

    She can go out NOBODY would even know who she was. So, if she wanted to blend in with women at Wal-Mart it worked.

  28. UhmUhm says:

    Shakira is not pretty and this haircut highlights that fact to me. Sorry but some girls need long hair to be attractive and she is one of them. Honestly, how many guys would go gaga over that fug face? Chick got a banging body though – more than makes up for the face.

  29. Bad Fairy says:

    Good lord some of you are just really mean. Its as bad as listening to a bunch of arm chair warriors critiquing athletes over their pot bellies. Just… yuck.

  30. Dani says:

    Do not like the cut, and I absolutely loathe the color.

    I wish she would wear her natural color or at least dye her hair to what it was in her Estoy aqui video.

  31. MariPily says:

    I kinda like her haircut, it makes her look cute and very youthful.

  32. Lynnie says:

    I’m so sick of the phrase “mom hair” used to describe any hairstyle that doesn’t involve too damn many inches of long, scraggly, flyaway hair. She looks cute with it shorter and just as pretty with it longer (except for that shot in the white and black suit).

  33. MellaYella says:

    She just took out her extensions. Thats obvious. No one cuts off perfect healthy real hair.

  34. ladybert62 says:

    I have no idea who she is – but I like the bob haircut and I like the long braid she had in one picture above.

  35. HadleyB says:

    Yes, it makes her look older and since her BF is so much younger ( he’s hot, nice lips) that’s too bad.

    The cut looks like an inverted bob, the classic mom do — or updated soccer mom cut.

    I prefer her with long hair, and like her blonde though. I could care less if her color looks natural, she looks good with it.

    But at least she was willing to try something different.

    She is still very pretty though…

  36. Jessica says:

    FYI – Piqué is not a Spaniard, he’s Catalan!

  37. novaraen says:

    Gah…stop calling it mom hair! That is in no way mom hair. When I see a busy mom her hair is usually long and pulled back into some kind of messy bun or ponytail. That terminology is ridiculous.

    Oh and I feel the same way about “bangs trauma”.

  38. DarkEmpress says:

    She had to cut it. dying her hair damaged it horribly. I learned the same lesson painfully- If you bleach your dark hair, it will get dry, break and fall out! :(

  39. Feebee says:

    Why is “mom hair” the universal derisive term used for any woman who cuts her long hair?

    A bad hair cut is a bad hair cut. It has nothing to do with being a mother.

  40. Bianca says:

    It’s not so much that she got a haircut its that she took off the hair extensions she’s had on for years….she needed a trim….all those extensions and bleach damage hair. It looks good on her but she should go back to her dark hair.

  41. sandra says:

    Six hours for that haircut? Must have been extension removal. It’s a mom cut – there goes her career.

  42. Victoria says:

    They accused her of changing accents too when she was with that Argentinian dude who was the son of a president. I’m of Cuban descent and I know a lot of my friends in the community felt she was trying to hard to put on heirs because her accent sounded more uppity Argentinian than Colombian. I couldn’t tell the difference then but I do hear it when she speaks Spanish now. It does sound more Spaniard.

  43. Jessica says:

    She looks like Debbie Gibson in that header pic!!

  44. kimberly says:

    i love how everyone in hollywood is jumping on the bobb bandwagon. hahahaha losers

    I really can’t wait until I see girls walking around with the same haircuts after they cut out pics of katie perry, kat hiegel, and now this bobb 2!

    hahahaha losers

    i swear is the same hairstylist just chopping every famous woman’s hair in the last couple weeks????

    no more famous bobbs b/c it’s not a trend, it’s been done and done and done.

  45. Una colombiana says:

    It’s ColOmbian, not “Columbian”!

  46. Claire78 says:

    Thank god! Her hair was like straw

  47. Callumna says:

    Now her celeb Stan and one of pop’s current professional copycats, Stealyonce Knowles, will finally cut her too orange, long weave.

    I see a mess but Stealyonce will see “inspiration.”

  48. HadleyB says:

    I think it started with Posh Spice – she had an inverted bob for a while – then you saw all the “moms” getting it – if they were stay at home moms, working moms, you saw that style everywhere hence the soccer mom do. I don’t recall what the previous mom hairdo was.

    But it seems like women of a certain age/ mom’s get a lot of the same hairdo.

  49. Lisa says:

    lol, how is this mom hair? Mom hair is Kate Gosselin’s asymmetric disaster, not this. She looks cute. :)

  50. BerMan says:

    There’s a feeling of freedom one gets when you chop off a good lump of hair. Very liberating and you actually feel lighter. So good for her, but the tweet pic is kind of Courtney Lovish.

  51. Snowflake says:

    my bf likes it, says it suits her

  52. crtb says:

    Her hair always looks brittle, dry and like straw. The color is horrible. and isn’t flattering to her skin tone at all.

  53. wunder says:

    cute cut. . makes her look younger- like a college student.

  54. Ursula says:

    LOVE Shakira, don’t love her new haircut. I actually never liked her hair after she went blond! It just never looked “natural”.

    LOVED her natural brown curls!!! WIsh she’d go back to her ‘roots’.

  55. TG says:

    I have always loved her and think she is so beautiful too. But I thought the complaint was while she was dating the Argentinian for 10 years or so that everyone complaint that she had an Argentina accent and now she has a Spanish accent. Looks like she is one of those chicks who molds herself to whatever person she happens to be with at the moment. Kind of like Brad Pitt, JHO and Madonna.

  56. victoria says:

    i have never found her pretty,not with the blonde hair especially. she reminds me of the late brittany murphy. well to each of his own i guess :)

  57. MissVJJ says:

    Shakira went blonde when she hit mainstream America. What a surprise. She needs to stick with her natural hair. Who’s another? Christina Aguilera. Then there’s Jennifer Lopez. You would never guess she’s got dark, super-curly hair. I’ve got a head full of long super-tight curls.. I wont damage my hair into oblivion just to live up the American standard of beauty.

    • JaneWonderfalls says:

      It’s not just American Standard of beauty all of it is Western, but I can’t say I agree with you but I understand where you are coming from. I actually like playing with different hair styles.Shakira never seemed to be a person who did not embrace her culture she just seems to me to like to switch it up a bit so I can’t judge her or make a big stink about standards of beauty. Society does that enough. People have a right to do whatever they want, I get perms an I’m AA that does not mean I hate myself or my culture it’s just easier to maintain my hair because it’s super think and long and I like the straight look not because I think it’s European but I just like it. But to each it’s own I just hate when every thing is turned into, cultural and nationality babel!

  58. JaneWonderfalls says:

    I think she still looks cute but I must admit, I love Shakira but I love her with long hair. Either way she is still beautiful and plus women go through phases in their life for change nothing is wrong with that she can always add extensions if she get’s tired of it.

  59. jacquie109 says:

    I think most moms do this because shorter hair is just easier to care for. I know I cut mine just before my daughter was born, and all of the new moms I know IRL do the same either in the last three months of pregnancy or within six months of their child being born.

  60. Isabelle says:

    With that new haircut she looks a bit like Swedish singer Tove Styrke.

  61. marie says:

    Shkira’s hair is the wrong color for her skin tone and eye color. I think it’s a typical soccer mom hairstyle.

  62. luna says:

    a black bob would have been nice

  63. jenil says:

    i didnt think that shakira will have a haircut
    but anyway now, she is looking very sexy in her new haircut
    i hope all the actress should do the same thing………..

  64. Kenny says:

    I’m a stylist and i always thought she would look younger and much sexier in short hair,she could have went much shorter because she has the face shape and smile for it.